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Thursday, December 2, 2010

• Cross Lake Report 12-2-2010

The weather today was just too nice. I could not resist. I had a couple of hours free, so I loaded the boat around 2pm and fished until 4:30 when the setting sun made air temps drop. Never did check water temps, but it was fairly clear with only a light stain on the main lake. Winds weren't quite as bad today, kicking up around 5-6mph, maybe gusting to 10 at most.

Fished shallow for a while, hitting specific spots where the current created ambush points, but couldn't find anything. I was throwing the Biobait Trick Stick again, hoping to have a repeat of my last outing. The wind wasn't driving them shallow today, so I went further out and swapped rigs.

Started fishing dead pad stems, one of my favorite things to do from now until early spring. Usually, I grab a 1/2oz spinnerbait and have at it. Today, I opted for a 1/2oz Orange Craw Strike King Red Eye Shad. Positioned my small boat so I could cast into the wind, either directly into it or at an angle. The retrieve I used was similar to how I first learned to fish the bait through a Kevin Van Dam YouTube video. After the lure hit the water, I would start cranking, smoothly pulling back with the rod at my side, and then letting off, taking up the slack as I went, but keeping the line tight. I went with a 7:1 Pflueger Patriarch to avoid hanging up in the stems. Any time you throw a lure with a pair of treble hooks into a sea of pad stems, you're going to get hung up. Better to snag something higher up where you can pull free than four to six feet down where you could very well lose the lure.

The excitement began around 3:30 with my first fish of the day, a 3lb 12oz fatty hooked on the outside of its lip with one hook point. Once I got the fish in the boat with the help of a net, I realized just how glad I was that Strike King put really sharp hooks on these lures. I know the fish doesn't look it in the photo, but take a gander at the gut. That's how it became a 3lb fish.

Next fish was a 2lb 2oz bass and it too was awkwardly hooked, but snagged in the corner of its mouth, so there was no way it could shake loose.

Third fish weighed a 1lb 6oz. Tossed it back without even blinking.

Fourth fish went 3lb 4oz, but it felt bigger. It took me for a ride. Once I got it in the boat, I thought it might have been the same 3lb fish I caught earlier.

Fifth and final fish was a hog. Took me for a ride in much the same fashion as the fourth fish, but when I saw its mouth as it thrashed at the surface 20 feet or so from the boat, I changed my mood. It dove again after surfacing and I knew right away I was going to have to let this fish have a little room, but I was not going to let it have too much room. Worked it to my right and manhandled it with the Patriarch. Reached down and moved the net closer while the fish was tugging away. Once it got close enough, I wasted no time swinging the net out and scooping 'er up. Went 5lb 5oz.

Nice way to end my afternoon.

And here's the lure that made all of this possible.


Ryan said...

That last one is a PIG! Nice job. Interesting mark on that little one. Battle scar?

The Average Joe Flyfisherman

BassFishingDem said...

I noticed the scar when I was removing the treble hook. Looked like something hit from the front and pushed its way back. With all the activity, it wouldn't surprise me if they were nipping at each other. I used to catch little ones like that in between the islands on the west end of the lake with much larger scars on them.

I could have also foul hooked it on the hookset and during the fight, it ripped free. I hate that it could be a possibility, but that happens with treble hooks.

blake said...

Great looking fish gotta love the red lipless cranks... I also like spros version alot until it bangs a rock and the eye falls out!